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Nurses Christian Fellowship Australia in NSW

Nurses face dying and death in many ways, on many days, as they give care to others. This leads to us witnessing and experiencing grief, loss, and healing.  This presentation will use two central concepts: fateful moments and awareness of finitude to guide our understanding of our feelings in facing dying and death. This will be followed by a consideration of our own needs, and ways in which we may seek and find support. draws upon the presenter’s own experiences as a nurse and psychotherapist.

Engaging in difficult conversations with our patients and families is a key issue in providing care at the end of life. This presentation aims to provide insights and skills that will help nurses to feel comfortable in talking about these issues with patients and families.

Advance Care planning can pose a communication challenge, and this presentation will also explore this important concept.


  Communicating with Dying

      Patients and families


Presented  by Bronwyn Heron 

       Associate Professor Bethne Hart

CNC  Bronwyn Heron

RN, Dip App Sc (Nursing), Grad Dip Pall Care, Cert (IV) Ministry.   Bron has specialized in the area of palliative care since 1989, working in a variety of clinical settings. She is currently one of two Palliative Care Clinical Nurse Consultants working for the Anglican Retirement Villages. Previously she held a Clinical Nurse Consult ant role with Community Palliative Care Nursing in Sydney’s

Sth West.



  Lessons from the Field:

   facing dying and death


     Presented by Bethne Hart


RN, Cert IV TAA, Dip Clin Hypnotherapy,

BA (Social Science), MHPEd, PhD UNSW)

Bethne is a sociologist, mental health nurse, and psychotherapist, and teaches in the School of Nursing, University of Notre Dame, Sydney Campus.  Bethne’s career history includes mental health nursing, palliative care and bereavement services, alcohol and other drug use interventions, women’s health, and psycho-oncology.

Attendance attracts

2 RCNA CNE Points